Freak Weather Event Kills 20 During Ultramarathon in China

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BEIJING—At least 20 people were killed when extremely cold weather struck during an ultramarathon on Saturday in China’s northwestern Gansu province, local government officials said a day later. Another eight had been injured, officials from Baiyin city told the press at 8 a.m. Beijing time on Sunday. The 62-mile (100-kilometer) cross-country race was held on Saturday morning in the Yellow River Stone Forest, a scenic tourist site in Jingtai county under the jurisdiction of Baiyin. “At around noon, the high-altitude section of the race between 20 and 31 kilometres was suddenly affected by disastrous weather. In a short period of time, hailstones and ice rain suddenly fell in the local area, and there were strong winds. The temperature sharply dropped,” said Baiyin city mayor Zhang Xuchen. The race was called off around 2 p.m. when weather conditions worsened. “This incident is a public safety incident caused by sudden changes in …

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